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Best Winter Family Vacations

School's out for the holiday season and work hours have finally let up, so why not gather the whole gang and head out on a family-friendly winter escape? Whether your needs are best suited by adventure travel, high temperatures or cultural immersion, U.S. News has ranked the top vacation destinations for families to help you make the most of your time off. Ask the kids to help you vote for the top destinations to determine next year's ranking.

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Why go: Theme parks — Orlando's most notable attractions — comprise the dream vacations of families across the world. With enough entertainment and kid-friendly fare to satisfy your little ones for weeks, Orlando adds its warm winter weather to a long list of family vacation draws. Read More»

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Why go: Popular Bahamian resorts like Atlantis have kid-approved amenities like children's play areas, marine habitats and video arcades. Add in the reprieve of warm weather and the islands' close proximity to the U.S., and the Bahamas is perfectly suited for winter family fun. Read More»

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Why go: Collecting shells along the sandy shores, exploring the Sanibel Lighthouse and indulging in fresh seafood are just a few activities that families can enjoy on Sanibel Island. Temperatures rest in the mid-70s this time of year but can get chilly at night, so pack layers. Read More»

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Why go: Piles of fresh snow are ideal for winter activities like skiing and snowboarding. And your kids can join in the fun, too — some Aspen resorts offer classes and workshops for young beginners. Plus, many hotels offer family packages and lodging or dining discounts for children. Read More»

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Why go: The Honolulu Zoo, the Hawaiian Water Adventure Park and several family resorts help make Waikiki Beach an especially kid-friendly part of Honolulu. Meanwhile, fairly high temperatures encompass a big part of the U.S. destination's wintertime appeal. Read More»

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Why go: Snow tubing, ice skating and skiing (including kid-friendly bunny hills) are just a few of the activities that Jackson Hole's family-oriented resorts offer during the winter season. For a warmer option, the Wyoming spot also boasts an indoor Children's Museum. Read More»

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Why go: In the Adirondacks you'll find all sorts of family fun and winter activities, from skiing, snowboarding and snowshoeing at nearby resorts to exploring historic Olympic offerings at the area's museums. Book a cozy cabin in the woods to make the most of your time together. Read More»

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Why go: Ideal wintertime temps in Anaheim (hovering in the 60s and 70s) and a decked-out Disneyland for the holidays make for a great family vacation. But if you're planning a trip here over a school break, book well in advance to snag accommodations at reasonable prices. Read More»

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Why go: Although winter in Barcelona isn't particularly warm, families can take advantage of the city's indoor cultural sites. Or, bundle up to explore the vibrant produce and crafts for sale at the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria or to watch the light show at Montjuïc Fountain. Read More»

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Why go: Tourists tend to steer clear of Washington's monuments, searching instead for warmer climates. But families who visit D.C. in winter won't be disappointed: You'll find numerous kid-friendly seasonal events like the National Tree Lighting and Zoo Lights at the National Zoo. Read More»

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